California professor Christine Blasey Ford tells the newspaper that Kavanaugh and a friend corralled her in a bedroom during a gathering at a house in Maryland in the early 1980s. They turned up the music, and Kavanaugh, who was drunk, held her down and tried to remove her clothes, she alleges.
She said she was able to escape when Kavanaugh's friend, Mark Judge, jumped on top of them, sending all three tumbling. "I did not do this back in high school or at any time", said Kavanaugh's statement.
According to the Post Ms. Ford first detailed the incident in 2012, "when she was in couples therapy with her husband". Dianne Feinstein since July, but it only recently surfaced.
The previously unidentified woman who alleged in a confidential letter sent to Sen. But since the Intercept revealed the allegation - which quickly snowballed into absurd theater in the days following - she said she felt she needed to come forward. Ford said, adding that she recalled thinking: "I'm not ever telling anyone this".
In a statement released to USA media, Kavanaugh rejected the woman's claim, made in a letter to the Democrats vetting his nomination, that he tried to force himself on her during a party.
Nor should Kavanaugh's accuser get a public hearing, especially under such clearly political circumstances. "Judge Kavanaugh's background has been thoroughly vetted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on six different occasions throughout his decades of public service, and no such allegation ever surfaced".
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The White House called Feinstein's move an "11th hour attempt to delay his confirmation". She told the Post the alleged attack left her terrified, but she vowed to herself at the time that she would not tell anyone what had happened.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, land Sen.
Kavanaugh last week denied the allegations, which were first reported last week.
President Donald Trump and his White House aides might decide to pull the nomination and send up a similarly conservative nominee from Trump's list of two dozen potential high court nominees that have been vetted by influential conservative groups.
Ford said that she had been reluctant to identify herself publicly for fear that it would disrupt her life, but she made a decision to as her letter and the story leaked.
The woman is not talking to reporters and is not going public with her allegations.
But Kavanaugh and Judge have kind of locked themselves into the defense that she's categorically lying. "They must also have unquestionable character and integrity, and serious questions remain about Judge Kavanaugh in this regard, as indicated in information I referred to the FBI", Feinstein writes. The call was already scheduled before the allegation emerged and Collins' office declined to provide any details about their discussion. In particular, he has always treated women with decency and respect. She reached out to the Post before Kavanaugh was nominated, refuting the notion that she is part of some desperate last-ditch effort to derail his nomination.